This well-argued and carefully researched study draws on biblical precedent to construct a viable Christian ethic on contemporary immigration. Carroll, an Old Testament scholar who is half Guatemalan and who teaches at a Guatemalan seminary as well as one in Denver, focuses primarily on Hispanic immigration to the U.S. in his examples, though the theological discussions are applicable on a broad intercultural level. He explores biblical notions of the responsibility an ancient society had to assist sojourners and those in exile, attempting to move today's discourse about immigration away from political and racial ideology toward what he hopes is "a divine viewpoint." Though Carroll's approach is substantive, even scholarly, the book is surprisingly accessible in language and tone. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bibleby M. Daniel Carroll R.
Immigration is one of the most pressing issues on the national agenda. In this accessible book, an internationally recognized immigration expert helps readers think biblically about this divisive issue, offering accessible, nuanced, and sympathetic guidance for the church. As both a Guatemalan and an American, the author is able to empathize with both sides of the… See more details below
Immigration is one of the most pressing issues on the national agenda. In this accessible book, an internationally recognized immigration expert helps readers think biblically about this divisive issue, offering accessible, nuanced, and sympathetic guidance for the church. As both a Guatemalan and an American, the author is able to empathize with both sides of the struggle and argues that each side has much to learn.
This updated and revised edition reflects changes from the past five years, responds to criticisms of the first edition, and expands sections that have raised questions for readers. It includes a foreword by Samuel Rodríguez and an afterword by Ronald Sider. This timely, clear, and compassionate resource will benefit all Christians who are thinking through the immigration issue.
Carroll R. (Old Testament, Denver Seminary) brings his professional expertise and personal heritage to this brief examination of Hispanic immigration, a hot topic in the current political climate, in light of the Bible. In Chapter 1, he deals with general immigration themes from a historical, sociological, economic, and religious perspective. He then examines immigration in the Old and New Testaments with the stated goal of creating a biblical framework for the debate and balancing between extremes on all sides. The author seems only briefly to mention several passages needing fuller explication. For instance, he writes of Lot in passing as exemplifying hospitality, yet he makes no examination of the dangers of cultural assimilation as seen in Lot's saga. Despite this shortcoming, this brief treatment is an excellent addition to the literature of biblical theology and a valuable contribution to the debates on immigration in this country. Highly recommended for academic libraries, particularly those with intercultural or religious studies. (Index not seen.)
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M. Daniel Carroll R. (PhD, University of Sheffield) is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado, where he founded IDEAL, a Spanish language training program. He is also an adjunct professor at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala, the author or editor of several books, and a contributing editor to Prism.
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